On This Day: 31 July 1704

On this day in 1704, John Radburne wrote from London to Captain Thomas Bowrey at Browne’s Coffee House in Tunbridge Wells. It brought the welcome news that the Worcester had arrived safely at Fraserburgh in Scotland and was almost home. Radburne was hoping for any news of the Resolution that the captain of the Worcester may have brought.

Radburne had news of three French men-of-war in the Bristol Chanel and Bowrey must have thought that, having avoided them, the worst was over for his ship. He and Mary, his wife, may well have celebrated in Tunbridge Wells that evening little knowing that in less than two weeks his ship would be lost to him.

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